The Production of Space and its Interdisciplinary Study

deadline for submissions: 
January 5, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of California Merced


Call for Papers: IH Graduate Conference 2020

Conference Theme:The Production of Space and its Interdisciplinary Study.


If space is a product, our knowledge of it must be expected to reproduce and expound the process of production.  The ‘object’ of interest must be expected to shift from things in space to the actual production of space.”

Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space


When: April 3-4, 2020

Where: University of California, Merced


The IH Graduate Students are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Conference. The Conference Committee invites submissions of abstracts from all students conducting research in the humanities, with an emphasis on graduate research. Abstract proposals which address this year’s theme are strongly encouraged, but all submissions, regardless of region, temporality, or discipline, will be considered. Submissions may take the form of individual presentations, research posters, and panel discussions. Additionally, some presenters may be invited to participate in roundtable discussions.

 To be considered, submit a 300-word abstract by the January 5, 2020 deadline. Please email the abstract with a brief author bio to Abstracts should also indicate the A/V and technology requests for your presentation.  Panel proposals should include at least three abstracts and the corresponding author bios with a brief explanation (300 words or less) of the overall theme of the panel. 

This year’s theme considers the construction of space, in its broad definition, and the interdisciplinary study of spaces. Scholars will find utility across the humanities, including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, critical race and ethnic studies, history, literature, philosophy, and other disciplines both within and outside of the humanities.  Our goal is to create an interdisciplinary, intellectual space for us to consider the concepts of various types of space, and the human experience within different spaces. Following the spatial theories of French philosopher and sociologist, Henry Lefebvre, this year’s conference topics may include:

  • Phenomenology
  • Racial, Ethnic, and/or Segregated
  • Historical Space or the Historicity of Space
  • Social Space
  • Space and Power Relations
  • Critical Theory
  • Digital Space (including topics in Digital Humanities)
  • Art and Music
  • Mathematical Concepts
  • Representations of Space (GIS, VR, Modeling, etc.)
  • Decolonial Theories
  • Immigration and Diaspora
  • Gender and Space
  • Fictional Space
  • Frontiers, Borderlands, and Geography
  • Community Engage Research


This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but serves as a few examples of the range of interpretation of the theme. We encourage submissions from a wide range of topics and disciplines.


Important Dates:

            Submission Deadline:  January 5, 2020

            Conference Dates: April 3-4, 2020